The ‘Cats are Champions! Photo Recap

The ‘Cats 2013 season came to a fantastic ending on the night of Thursday, September 12 in State College, PA! The ‘Cats defeated the State College Spikes 4-3 in the winner takes all Game 3 of the New York-Penn League Championship series, to capture their 2nd league title in four years!

The series was an epic battle of the league’s number one team on paper, the State College Spikes, versus a ValleyCats team that boasted two of the top league ERA leaders in Michael Feliz & Kyle Westwood, along with the league’s best defense.

With State College having the best record at 48-27, they had home field advantage. That meant that Game 1 would take place at “The Joe”, and Game 2 and 3 in State College.

'Cats manager Ed Romero and Spikes manager Oliver Marmol meet with the umpires at home plate.

‘Cats manager Ed Romero and Spikes manager Oliver Marmol meet with the umpires at home plate prior to Game 1 at “The Joe.”


The Spikes are introduced.


The ‘Cats look on, as their new Championship Series intro video is played.

Grills gets the ball in Game 1, and gave up just one earned run on two hits, striking out six Spikes batters.

Evan Grills gets the ball, giving up just one earned run on two hits, while striking out six Spikes batters.


Conrad Gregor was one of the best ‘Cats hitters in the playoffs with a .316 avg, two home runs and three RBI in five games.


Gregor also made some great defensive plays at first, including this diving tag to steal a base hit away from the Spikes.


Catcher, Brian Holberton was sent to the ‘Cats from Greeneville for the Championship Series, following an injury to Jake Rodriguez.


Holberton, the Astros 2013 9th round draft selection out of the University of North Carolina, hit a sac fly to put the ‘Cats up 1-0 in the 2nd inning of Game 1.


Brett Booth did the catching for the ‘Cats, and he was fantastic. Here, he saves a run by tagging out Steven Ramos, who tried to knock the ball away but was unsuccessful.

The Spikes took Game 1 of the Championship Series 2-1, in a close extra inning game that came down to a couple of mistakes. Grills made one bad pitch all game long, allowing a home run to Spikes outfielder Mason Katz. Then, in the 11th inning, ‘Cats relief pitcher Edison Frias threw the ball past first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt, allowing the go-ahead and eventual winning run to score.

Following the tough loss, the ‘Cats boarded a bus and headed to State College with hopes of taking the next two ballgames.

Prior to Game 2, the ‘Cats were loose and ready to go. Even though the Spikes held the best home record in the league at 30-8, and had never lost two games in a row at home all season, the team had confidence in their ability to overcome the tough task ahead of them.


Rain was in the forecast for both days, but the ‘Cats/Spikes were able to get both games in. Here, the tarp covers Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College, PA prior to Game 2.

'Cats pitcher Troy Scribner throw a football around in the bullpen prior to the game.

‘Cats pitcher Troy Scribner throws a football around in the bullpen with his teammates, prior to the game.

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‘Cats pitchers Evan Grills, Kevin Comer, Andrew Thurman and Troy Scribner pose for a group photo.


‘Cats warming up prior to Game 2.


‘Cats ace and league ERA champion, Michael Feliz warms up prior to his Game 2 start.

'Cats during the National Anthem.

‘Cats during the National Anthem.


Feliz threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out five Spikes.

Conrad Gregor hits home run

The ‘Cats pounded out 14 hits in Game 2, including a big solo home run from Conrad Gregor, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

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Gregor arrives at home plate following his solo blast in the second inning to put the ‘Cats ahead 1-0.


‘Cats reliever, Tyler Brunnemann entered the game for Feliz with runners on first and second and two outs in the 6th inning. He got the final out of that inning, and got the ‘Cats through the 7th.

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During the 6th inning, ‘Cats left fielder Jon Kemmer saved two runs with an over the back catch near the left field wall.

Cats Celebrate

‘Cats closer, Gonzalo Sanudo came on for the 6-out save, which would send the series to a championship deciding Game 3 the following night.

Following the tough loss in Game 1, the ‘Cats victory in Game 2 was a huge confidence booster, as they now stood one game away from being New York-Penn League Champions.

The 2013 ‘Cats were now looking to turn the tables on what happened to the 2012 ‘Cats. Last year, they won Game 1 of the championship series against the Hudson Valley Renegades, but lost the next two.

This year, the ‘Cats were sending Kyle Westwood to the mound for Game 3, who has a better ERA (0.81) than Michael Feliz (1.96), but was a few innings short of the minimum needed to qualify for the league ERA title.

With Westwood on the bump, the team knew they had an excellent shot!

ValleyCats Staff lend a hand

The rain moved out of the area just in time for Game 3. Here, members of the ValleyCats staff assist members of the Spikes staff in rolling up the tarp.

The 'Cats once again were loose prior to the game, engaging in some friendly tussling.

The ‘Cats once again were loose prior to the game, engaging in some friendly tussling.


The football, which seemed to work prior to Game 2, was broken out prior to Game 3 as Evan Grills hikes the ball to pitcher Zachary Dando.


Michael Feliz, Gonzalo Sanudo and Tyler Brunnemann pose for a group photo. All three were instrumental in the ‘Cats championship run.


‘Cats hitting coach Russ Steinhorn leads the way as the ‘Cats stretch prior to Game 3.


Kyle Westwood threw six innings of one-run baseball, giving up six hits while striking out four Spikes.

Chan Moon

The ‘Cats scored four runs in the 6th inning, all on hits that didn’t leave the infield. A few bunts, and some costly Spikes mistakes led to the outburst. Here, Chan Moon attempts a sac bunt, and is safe at first.

Jack Mayfield

‘Cats second baseman Jack Mayfield was inserted into the lineup for Games 2 and 3, and he didn’t disappoint. Mayfield went 4-for-8, with two doubles and a RBI.

Chan Moon came around to score the 'Cats second run in the 6th, the go-ahead run, on a wild pitch from Spikes relieve Victor De Leon.

Moon came around to score the ‘Cats second run of the 6th inning, the go-ahead run, on a wild pitch from Spikes reliever Victor De Leon.


The ‘Cats would turn to their reliable closer Gonzalo Sanudo once again, to attempt the second consecutive 6-out save of the series.

Sanudo would get through the 8th inning easily, but ran into trouble in the 9th. With a 4-1 lead, Sanudo gave up a two-run home run to Mason Katz, and then allowed a single.

A sac bunt would move the tying run into scoring position with one out, but Sanudo proceeded to strike out the next two batters to capture the New York-Penn League Championship for the ‘Cats! It was their second league title in four years.

Here are some photos of the final out, followed by a fitting celebration on the field!


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Jon Kemmer & Conrad Gregor pose with the trophy.


Gonzalo Sanudo.

So that wraps up another season of ValleyCats baseball, an unforgettable season! Championship merchandise will be available very soon, so keep checking our website, for team store updates. To purchase these photos, or from a selection of many others, please visit

We’ll also update you on the latest gear through our Facebook and Twitter pages. A trophy tour is also in the works, so we’ll keep you updated on that as well!

Thanks again to all the fans who came out to “The Joe” this season! We couldn’t have achieved this success without your support!

Championship Workout

The ValleyCats held a brief workout on Monday afternoon, in preparation for Game 1 of the New York-Penn League Championship Series on Tuesday night at “The Joe.” The ‘Cats will face the State College Spikes, affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, in a best-of-three series to determine who will take home the NYPL Championship Cup.

First pitch is set for 7:05pm, and the ‘Cats will send LHP Evan Grills to the mound to face Spikes RHP Arturo Reyes. The ValleyCats and Spikes faced off against each other three times during the regular season, in State College. The ‘Cats were swept 3-0 in the series, but that was a much different team than they are now. The ValleyCats have since added pitchers that include closer Gonzalo Sanudo, set-up man Tyler Brunnemann, Chris Munnelly, Troy Scribner, Justin Hess, Zachary Dando and Krishawn Holley. Position players added include third baseman Tyler White, outfielder Ydarqui Marte and infielder Yonathan Mejia.

Most recently, the ‘Cats have been assigned catcher, Brian Holberton from the Greeneville Astros. Greeneville lost in game 3 of their league championship series, and Holberton had already been home. But when ‘Cats catcher Jake Rodriguez was injured in the game against Aberdeen on Saturday night, Holberton was added as an extra catcher. He looks to be inserted into the Game 1 lineup at designated hitter. Holberton was the 9th round draft selection of the Houston Astros this season out of the University of North Carolina.

The ‘Cats send their ace, Michael Feliz to the mound for Game 2, and if necessary, Kyle Westwood for Game 3.

The workout on Tuesday afternoon was very light, and the team was very loose. They are ready for the challenge that awaits them. Here are some great photos:

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‘Cats pitchers L-R, Edison Frias, Gonzalo Sanudo, Federico Tiburcio, Evan Grills, Michael Feliz, Kevin Comer

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Newest ‘Cats catcher, Brian Holberton

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Hitting coach Russ Steinhorn and manager Ed Romero.

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Michael Feliz

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James Ramsay

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‘Cats veteran infielder Ryan Dineen

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Conrad Gregor

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Gonzalo Sanudo

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Ronnie Mitchell

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Hitting coach Russ Steinhorn looking on as James Ramsay takes BP

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Manager, Ed Romero throws to Group 1

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Dineen, Mitchell, Gregor

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Holberton in the cage

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‘Cats catchers Brian Holberton and Brett Booth

‘Cats are heading to the championship!

The ‘Cats defeated the IronBirds 3-0 on Saturday night at “The Joe,” sweeping the semi-final series of the New York-Penn League playoffs. The ‘Cats now advance to the championship series for the second year in-a-row.

Here are game and celebration photos, shot by team photographer Greg Fisher ( / Check out his webpage for more photos, or to purchase the copies of those below.

Lineup Introductions


Moon SouthPaw High Five


Kyle Westwood had a dominant starting performance.

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Ryan Dineen and Chan Moon turn a crucial double play

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Tyler White Big Play

Third baseman Tyler White with a huge defensive play

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Ronnie Mitchell led-off the 7th inning with a double

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Mitchell advanced to third on a throwing error

Kemmer Big Double 2

Jon Kemmer came through with a clutch double to left in the 7th inning, scoring Mitchell, and the first run of the game.

Kemmer Big Double

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‘Cats closer, Gonzalo Sanudo came on for a 2-inning save.

Sanudo Hands Held High

Sanudo celebrates the victory!

Sanudo Group Embrace

Moon Gregor Champagne






‘Cats Clinch on Tuesday!

The ValleyCats clinched their second consecutive Stedler Division Title with a victory on Tuesday night.

Evan Grills turned in a clutch performance in limiting the Cyclones to just two runs in six innings of work. Grills recorded a season high eight k’s and did not issues any free passes.


The ‘Cats broke it open in the third inning as they plated three to take a 6-2 lead. Ronnie Mitchell led the way with two hits, including a big R.B.I. triple. The offense also displayed some patience working seven walks against the Cyclones pitchers.


Gonzalo Sanudo’s eighth save of the season closed it out and paved the way for a celebration in front of the home crowd!

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Tuesday night was also our first ever Oktoberfest Celebration at the ballpark. Coined “Brats, Beer, & Baseball”, fans were greeted by Herb Liebenhagen playing some traditional German tunes on the accordion.


The Picnic Pavilion was turned into a German Beer Garden with an Oktoberfest-style menu!

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The ‘Cats closed out the season with “Fans for Life Night” on Wednesday. Stay tuned for that recap shortly . . .

In the meantime, Playoff Tickets are on-sale now as the ‘Cats prepare to host Game 2 at “The Joe” on Saturday night!


Magic # is 1

The ‘Cats kicked off a crucial three-game set against the Brooklyn Cyclones at ” The Joe” on Labor Day!

After giving up an early run, Kyle Westwood dominated scattering three hits over seven strong innings. The bats came alive with a big eighth inning rally. Tyler White led the way with three hits including the game winning R.B.I. double. 20130902_cats_vs_cyclones-1082 20130825_cats_vs_yankees-1241

The ValleyCats lead is now 1.5 games and they have a chance to clinch the Stedler Division with a win tonight! Evan Grills is on the mound as we get an early start on the Oktoberfest festivities. Tonight’s game is a 6:00 PM start and tickets are available here:

Labor Day also marked our 2nd annual celebration of the Capital Region’s Biggest BBQ with two separate buffets taking place in the Picnic Pavilion and at the Top of the Hill.

The BBQ theme featured some backyard-style competitions including a wiffle ball home run derby, with the finals taking place on the field. Congratulations to Zachary Mackey who won the derby and earned a ceremonial first pitch!



Our friends from Fresh Brewed provided the entertainment with a great set of blues and classic rock on the concourse.


Kids ran the bases following the game to complete the Sunday Funday feel on Labor Day.

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Preview: Final regular season homestand

The ValleyCats return home on Labor Day to take on the New York Mets affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones from 9/2 – 9/4. The ‘Cats are making a push to reach the playoffs for the 2nd straight season!

Monday, September 2- @5pm  POSTGAME FIREWORKS!

  • Labor Day at “The Joe!”
    Spend your day off with friends and family enjoying the fun and excitement of ValleyCats baseball!
  • Capital Region’s Biggest BBQ! (3:00pm – 5:00pm)
    Join us for an all-you-can eat BBQ dinner from 3:00pm – 5:00pm at either our Picnic Pavilion or Top of the Hill Bar & Grill! Starting at $20, entrance includes a one-hour pregame all-you-can-eat buffet and a reserved box seat for the game. Will be sold individually or as a group. (pending availability) FULL DETAILS / PURCHASE TICKETS>>
  • Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby!
    Want to be part of our wiffle ball home run derby? We’ll be taking registration for participants beginning at 3pm at the softball field beyond the right field fence. The final round of the derby will take place on the field prior to the game!
  • Pregame Concert by The Fresh Brewed Band!
    Enjoy LIVE music performed by The Fresh Brewed Band from 3:30pm – 4:30pm!
  • 4pm: Pregame catch on the field!
    All kids and their parent/guardian will be allowed on the field from 4-4:15 for a pregame catch!
  • Postgame Kids Run the Bases!Following the game, all kids will get the chance to run the bases!
  • Postgame FIREWORKS!Enjoy a spectacular postgame fireworks display courtesy of Price Chopper!

Tuesday, September 3- @6pm (Gates open at 4:30)

  • Brats, Beer & Baseball!Join us for our own German festival at the ballpark!

  • Oktoberfest Celebration: $20 Ticket & Dinner Package!Enjoy an Oktoberfest dinner beginning at 4:30pm with a menu that includes brats, mini potato pancakes, red cabbage, sauerkraut, pretzels and peanuts! Also receive three 12 oz. beer tickets to enjoy a great selection of craft beers that includes Sierra Nevada, Saranac, Lake Placid Brewery, Peak, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Saratoga, Long Trail, Shed, Switchback and Founders! You will also receive a Reserved Box ticket to enjoy the game! FULL DETAILS / ORDER TICKETS>>
  • College Student 2-for-1 Ticket Special!
    Show your college ID at the box office to receive a FREE ticket with the purchase of another at equal or lesser value.
  • Pregame LIVE music!
    From 4:30pm – 5:30pm there will be LIVE music next to the Brown’s Beer Stand.
  • Two For Tuesday!
    Enjoy 2-for-1 beer specials! (Excludes Brown’s and import beers)

Wednesday, September 4- @6pm  POSTGAME FIREWORKS!

  • Fans for Life Night!
    We pay tribute to our fans, the best fans! Tons of giveaways all night long!
  • New York Lottery Take 5 Coupon Giveaway
    The first 500 adults through the gates will receive a buy one get one Take 5 drawing coupon.
  • FINAL FIREWORKS SHOW OF THE SEASON!Enjoy one final spectacular postgame fireworks display of the 2013 season, courtesy of Price Chopper!

Why Sunday is a must-win for the ‘Cats

Forget the fact that the ‘Cats had a four game lead over the Lowell Spinners and are now sitting in second place, a half a game behind. Forget the fact that the ‘Cats have lost five games in-a-row. Tonight, more than any game played this season, is the night that the ‘Cats need a victory. They need to put the past behind them and look at the big picture.

Yes, mathematically the ‘Cats can still reach the playoffs if they happen to lose tonight and fall 1.5 games behind. Can they afford that? Not a chance.

Following the game tonight, the ‘Cats return to Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on Monday for the final series of the regular season, a three-game set with the Brooklyn Cyclones. If the ‘Cats enter that series 1.5 games behind Lowell, they will need to win at least two of three from the Cyclones, and hope the Spinners lose two of three from the IronBirds in Aberdeen. That’s hardly the situation you want to present itself.

The IronBirds & Cyclones are also battling for the McNamara Division title, and a berth into the playoffs, so both of those teams will be fighting to keep their season alive.

Let’s now turn to the flipside. If the ValleyCats beat the Spinners in Lowell tonight and come back to Troy in first place with a 1/2 game lead, they will then control their own destiny. At the very worst, they will need to match Lowell’s results in Aberdeen. That’s a much better situation to be in.

Tonight, the ‘Cats have an ace in the hole, literally, in starting pitcher and league ERA leader Michael Feliz. Feliz will need to shut down the Spinners and give the ‘Cats offense a chance to score some runs and take the first lead. They can’t afford to fall behind, as the offense is already tense as it is, and they don’t need that to increase by falling behind, putting more pressure on them.

The ‘Cats defense and baserunning will also have to help out Feliz by not committing any errors or mental mistakes. Over the course of the past five days, there has been a lot of that, and they can’t afford it tonight.

Another thing to consider, who will step up for the ‘Cats and be the vocal leader of the team? They need that person now, as desperately as they need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

‘Cats push towards the playoffs!

Last night the ‘Cats were defeated in Brooklyn 8-1, but still remain four games ahead of the Lowell Spinners for first place in the Stedler Division. The magic number for the ‘Cats to clinch the Stedler Division championship is now at six games, with 10 more left to play.

If the ‘Cats win the division, it will be their third divisional title in four years (’10, ’12, ’13).  Two of the remaining games will be played in Lowell against the Spinners on Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1.

Potential playoff tickets for games played at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium are now on-sale!

Tickets will be sold in 4-game packs (to cover all potential home playoff games) and also individually. Premium 4-game pack of playoff tickets will be $34.50, reserved will be $28.50, and grandstand will be $19.50. Single game tickets will be priced at $11.50, $9.50 & $6.50.

They will be available for purchase online at, at the ValleyCats box office, or by phone at 518-629-CATS. ValleyCats plan holders will still be able to buy their seats or in close proximity to, until September 2.

Dates and times of 2013 potential playoff games at “The Joe” are still to be determined. If you purchase playoff tickets, and the game does not get played, we will issue you equal value ticket vouchers for the 2014 regular season.

Home Game A: Semi-Final Series BUY TICKETS>>

Home Game B: Semi-Final Series or Championship Series BUY TICKETS>>

Home Game C: Championship Series BUY TICKETS>>

Home Game D: Championship Series BUY TICKETS>>


NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE PLAYOFF SCHEDULEFri. Sep. 6: Game 1 (Semi-Final Series)Sat. Sep. 7: Game 2 (Semi-Final Series)

Sun. Sep. 8: Game 3 (Semi-Final Series) or OFF DAY

Mon. Sep. 9: OFF DAY or Game 1 (Championship Series)

Tue. Sep. 10: Game 1 (Championship Series) or Game 2 (Championship Series)

Wed. Sep. 11: Game 2 (Championship Series) or Game 3 (Championship Series)

Thu. Sep. 12: Game 3 (Championship Series)

Moustache Mania!

Things got a little hairy at “The Joe” on Saturday night as the ‘Cats attempted to set a new world record for the largest gathering of people wearing false moustaches.

The promotion was in honor of ValleyCats manager, Ed Romero, and his trademark moustache.
Over 3,000 ‘staches were handed out at the gate as fans entered the stadium. Each one included special instructions on the timing and procedure to ensure that the bid was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
At the end of the 2nd inning, the announcement went out and fans throughout the ballpark applied their faux facial hair. Young and old participated including the ‘Cats players in support of their skipper.
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After tallying up the participants, the ValleyCats have set a new world record with an unofficial count of 2,665! Congratulations to the fans and thank you everyone for your participation!
Monolith Solar was in the house as tonight’s Game Sponsor. They provided information on how they can offer significant savings on your energy bills by taking advantage of this efficient, reliable, and secure clean energy. Visit their website at for more information on how they can help you save at home and at work.
For your chance to win this golf cart, contact Monolith at 444-2044!
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Camden Segal and Emily DeMartino joined us for their rehearsal dinner as well as a first pitch. Congratulations and good luck with your wedding!
On the field, the ‘Cats jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first. Jon Kemmer led the attack and finished a home run short of the cycle. Adam Nelubowich also provided a spark with two hits and two R.B.I.
Evan Grills threw five strong innings for the win and Gonzalo Sanudo slammed the door for his fourth save since joining Tri-City.
The ‘Cats look for the sweep on Sunday as they conclude this three game homestand. Join us for another Sunday Funday at “The Joe.” Gates open early for those participating in the Summer Reading Program and kids are invited to play catch on the field at 4:00 PM. Sunday is also Ladies Night Out with our annual post-game Diamond Dig presented by Don Cook Jewelers. Following the Diamond Dig, there will be fireworks presented by Price Chopper and of course a chance for all of the kids in attendance to run the bases. Don’t miss an action packed night at “The Joe!”

I Love New York Night at “The Joe!”

The first place ValleyCats returned to “The Joe” on Friday night as they welcomed the Staten Island Yankees.

The ‘Cats jumped out to a 9-0 lead with a third inning barrage that saw every member of the starting lineup cross the plate. D’Andre Toney, Tyler White, Conrad Gregor, and Tyler White each had two hits to pace the attack. Gregor had the biggest blow with a long home run in the 6th. Kyle Westwood was sharp in four innings of relief to earn the win.

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Tonight was also “I Love New York Night”/Home Improvement Night at the ballpark. Our friends from Trustco Bank were on hand with Trusty tossing out a ceremonial first pitch. They were also recognized as one of the co-champions in the Capital Region Series Tournament and received their trophy prior to the game



There was even a blimp sighting above "The Joe" . . .

There was even a blimp sighting above “The Joe” . . .

Country True Value was in the house with a special presentation for Home Improvement Night.


Country True Value’s Nick Gross with winner John Twomey and ‘Cats VP/GM, Rick Murphy

A number of our other partners helped give the concourse a home-show feel including:


Davey Tree & Lawn Care


Bath Fitter


Huff N’ Puff


Curtis Lumber


Comfortex Window Fashions

Mayor Jennings grabbed some big air off the tarp but ended up in right field allowing Mayor McCarthy to take home the victory!



Spiedie and Blue were up to their usual antics as well . . .


The ‘Cats go for their third win in a row on the field and a new World Record in the stands. Join us as we try to establish the largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches ever! The first 3,000 fans through the gate will receive a fake mustache with the official attempt taking place in the 2nd inning! Tonight’s game is presented by Monolith Solar. Monolith is also providing free tickets for veterans. Those tickets can be claimed at the gate with a military ID.

Pregame Meal: Tuesday, August 20th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Aloha, ‘Cats fans! It’s Beach Party Island Night here at “The Joe” as the ValleyCats look to snap a two-game losing streak. Tonight is the final game of a quick two-game homestand against the Lake Monsters, before these two teams travel to Burlington for another two-gamer.

-With the loss last night, the ‘Cats fell half-a-game behind Lowell in the Stedler. There are 16 games left on the regular season for both teams, including tonight. There’s plenty of time for the ValleyCats to make up this tiny deficit, especially with the fact that the two teams play a two-game series in Lowell at the end of the month.

-A few roster moves to pass along. RHP Zachary Dando has been added to the roster from the GCL Astros. Tanner Bushue, who had been hit really, really hard of late, has been added to the 7-day DL. That could possibly explain his performance last night, when he was rocked for six runs in two innings.

-2010 ValleyCats RHP David Martinez was promoted today from Oklahoma City to Houston today, becoming the 29th former Tri-City player to make it to the bigs. Martinez is the third former ‘Cat in the past month to get a major league call-up, joining Jorge De Leon and Chia-Jen Lo. Congratulations to David!

-Despite the not-so-pretty-loss last night, the silver lining had to be the bullpen. After Bushue’s short outing, Randall Fant and Charles Basford combined to throw seven innings of one-run ball to keep the ‘Cats as close in the game as they could. They also kept most of the relievers fresh for tonight’s game, but I’m assuming Ed Romero isn’t planning on going to his ‘pen after two innings once again.

-Tomorrow, I head back to school at Syracuse, so tonight will be my final game. When I was offered the opportunity to come back again this season, I could barely contain my excitement because I love this job. Why do I love this job? Well, I get to follow a team with such a passionate fan base like the ValleyCat faithful. It has been an unforgettable summer for myself, and hopefully for you great folks as well. While it is exciting to get my senior year underway, it pains me to be leaving the team and the organization in the midst of a pennant race. If the ‘Cats make the postseason again, I will do all I can to make a return to Troy. In the meantime, Evan Valenti (@evanvalenti) will be taking over. Those familiar with Evan know that he is a pro’s pro, so the blog and the play-by-play side of things are in good hands with him.


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CF Ramsay

3B White

DH Martinez

1B Gregor

C Booth

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2B Mayfield

SS Moon

RHP Thurman

Nightly Recap: Monday, August 19th

The ‘Cats were home on Monday for the first time in a week as they opened a quick two-game homestand against the Vermont Lake Monsters. The first 1,500 fans through the gates received a bobblehead of a CBS 6 News Anchor Greg Floyd, voted on by the fans during the Media Bobblehead Bracket Buster Tournament in March. Floyd represented Hannah’s Hope Fund, so Hannah bobbleheads were also handed out!

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Before the game, the ValleyCats presented Hannah, her family, and Greg with a check for $1, 500 dollars for the Hannah’s Hope Fund! Hannah also threw out a first pitch and sang an outstanding rendition of the national anthem!




Greg Floyd also tossed a first pitch before Monday’s game got underway!


The ‘Cats held another check presentation once the game got underway as part of the New York-Penn League Scholarship Fund. Brittnay Rose Egnot was the recipient of a $2, 500 check from the NYPL! Congrats to Brittnay!


BlueShield, Nami, and Hannah’s Hope were all on hand with table set up throughout the stadium! We were glad to see so many reps from these groups on Monday!




After Mayor McCarty took home the victory in the Mayors Race, the Tri-City mayors joined Sporty for an on-field performance of the Macarena!


In the hot dog race, Ketchup, Mustard & Relish took off on foot in search of a win. Ultimately, it was Mustard who broke away from the pack to take first place!



On the field, the ‘Cats dropped their second game in a row, as the Lake Monsters took the first game of the series, 7-2. Tanner Bushue was roughed up early, and the ‘Cats were down 6-0 after an inning and a half. Tyler White had two hits, and Ernesto Genoves scored a run, serving as bright spots for Tri-City offensively. Randall Fant pitched four strong innings in relief.




The ‘Cats wrap up their two-game homestand tonight on Beach Party Island Night at The Joe! Break out your leis and flip flops and enjoy the action, including a Price Chopper Fireworks show after the final out! Berm seating still available by calling the stadium box office at 518-629-2287!

Nightly Recaps: Italian Night, Medieval Times & NFL Night

The ‘Cats wrapped up their last homestand with an exciting three game series against the Jamestown Jammers! The series kicked off last Friday, on Notte Italiana, or Italian Night! During the pregame ceremonies, we were joined on the field by a group of Italian Dancers, who wowed the crowd with their moves!

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The Exxon Mobil Super Tour made its stop in Troy on Friday as well! Mario and Luigi joined in on the fun with Mobil, who had many representatives and its mascot, Super Sam, on hand!

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On the field, the ‘Cats won their fifth straight game with a 10-4 win over Jamestown! Tyler White and Michael Martinez both hit homers for the ValleyCats, who scored 10 runs for the third time in four games! Tri-City improved to 31-21 with the victory.





After the game, the sellout crowd witnessed a karate demonstration as well as  a fantastic Price Chopper Fireworks display!



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The ‘Cats and Jammers were back at it on Saturday for the first ever Medieval Times Night at The Joe! The crowd was divided into four different sections, with a our resident king, Kevin, picking one knight to represent each section during our on-field promotions!



All of our-in game promotions had a Medieval Times feel to it, highlighted by multiple appearances from Zoggy the dragon! Zoggy went down during the 5th inning drag, and was then slayed by the Tri-City Mayors!





Former Major Leaguer Tommy John was on hand as well on Saturday, as part of the Exxon Mobil Super Tour! Tommy threw out a first pitch, and also joined ValleyCats radio man Matt Appel for an inning in the booth!

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On the field, the ‘Cats saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, dropping a tough 3-2 final to Jamestown. James Ramsay hit a home run for the ValleyCats, but it wasn’t enough, as Jamestown scored a run in the ninth that proved to be the difference.




The ValleyCats wrapped up their homestand on Sunday Funday, which was NFL Night at The Joe! A sellout crowd joined us in full football attire for the biggest pre-game catch of the season!





Before the game, participants from our “Dash to the Diamond” event were honored on the field. Earlier in the day, the runners began their nine-mile jog to the stadium from Fleet Feet Sports, and arrived at The Joe just in time for the game! Great job and congratulations to all that took part in the first-ever Dash to the Diamond!


WNYT’s Rodger Wyland threw out a first pitch on Sunday, and also hosted our in-game Time Warner Sports Trivia contest!



In our Mayors Race, Mayor McCarthy used a great stiff-arm of Mayor Jennings to come home with the gridiron victory!



On the field, the ‘Cats got back to their winning ways, scoring their most runs in one game this season with an 11-5 series-clinching victory over the Jammers! Conrad Gregor had three hits, and Michael Martinez hit another home run, as the ‘Cats improved to 32-22 with the victory!




After the final out, many of the fans came onto the field in search of a hidden remote! Dig Safely New York gave away a new TV to whoever found the remote, and one lucky fan came away with it!





The ‘Cats return home on Monday, August 19th, for a quick two-game series against the Vermont Lake Monsters! The 19th features a Greg Floyd bobblehead giveaway in honor of Hannah’s Hope! Fans will also receive a Hannah bobblehead as well! The homestand continues on Tuesday with a beach party on Island Night at The Joe! Tickets are available by coming to the stadium or calling the stadium box office at 518-629-2287!

Pregame Meal: Saturday, August 10th

By Matt Appel (@mattappel)

Hey there, ‘Cats fans! It’s been a while since we last talked, and for that, I apologize. The ValleyCats have been red-hot, entering tonight’s game on a five-game win streak. Over that span, they have outscored their opponents 47-18!

-The ‘Cats set a team record this year for extra base hits in a game last night with eight. I’m not sure why, but the ball has really been flying out of The Joe on this homestand. Whatever the reason, the ‘Cats don’t appear stoppable right now. They’ve scored at least ten runs in back-to-back games for the first time in exactly a year, August 9th-10th, 2012.

-As much as Conrad Gregor and Tony Kemp loved playing with each other, it appears that Kemp’s promotion was just what Gregor needed to catch fire. On this homestand, Conrad is 10-for-17 with six RBI, two doubles, a triple, and of course, that walk-off home run in the day game on Wednesday. The 4th round pick may very well be on his way to picking up a NYPL Player of the Week nod.

-With a win tonight, the ‘Cats will match a couple of season-high streaks. A victory would be their sixth in a row, tied with their six-game stretch from July 11th-15th on the road. It would also be their fifth straight home win, something they haven’t done this year since the first five games of the year at The Joe. Also, they would tie Jamestown for the best record in the league, and would have the most wins (Jamestown has played fewer games, which is why the two teams would be just tied).

-Tommy John will join me in the 1st inning of tonight’s broadcast on as part of the Exxon Mobil’s MiLB Super Tour! It should be pretty exciting to have a 288-game winner in the booth, to tune in for first pitch at 7 pm!

-Randall Fant and Troy Scribner will pitch tonight for the ‘Cats. It will be Scribner’s Tri-City debut after his promotion from Greeneville.


RF Toney

CF Ramsay

3B White

1B Gregor

DH Martinez

LF Kemmer

C Genoves

2B Mayfield

SS Moon

LHP Fant

Nightly Recap: Blizzard in August

It might still be summer in the Capital Region, but there were winter-like conditions in the region on Thursday, as it was the second annual “Blizzard in August” at The Joe! The first 2, 000 fans through the gates received a Blizzard in August white t-shirt to help create a whiteout in the stands! White rally towels were also handed out, which served a great purpose when the game started! Thanks to all the fans who came out and braved the “stormy” conditions!





Before the game, the ValleyCats announced the field renovation grand prize winners from around the area! Gary Funck and Hoosick Falls Youth Baseball League received a $500 gift card to Goldstocks Sporting Goods, Peggy Kownack and Troy Central Little League will be getting their field renovated by the community grounds crew for next season with help from BlueShield, and Jennifer Serian and Twin Town Little League will have a ValleyCats team in their league next season with all uniforms provided by the ValleyCats. Finally, Jeff Coyle and Colonie Little League will experience  the ValleyCats entertainment at their field next season when all of our favorite mascots and promo team visit Colonie Little League next spring!





On the field, the ‘Cats continued to dominate with the bats, sweeping the Williamsport Crosscutters with a 10-2 victory. Six different ValleyCats had multi-hit games, and, in a rarity, the ‘Cats had three triples! The trio of three-baggers is a season high, two of which came from James Ramsay and Conrad Gregor in the 4th. Andrew Thurman picked up his second win of the year with his five-inning start.




The ‘Cats continue their home stand on Friday as the Jamestown Jammers come into town. It’s Italian Night at The Joe! Come out to the park to enjoy some great italian cooking! After the final out, stick around for another great Price Chopper Fireworks show!


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